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    Forefather: English Heathen Metal

    Here's a link to an English Heathen metal band that are not bad considering,
    http://www.forefather.net/frame.htm

    And a song of theirs available for free download
    http://www.forefather.net/shield-wall.wma (3.85mb)

    The Forefather project was born in September 1997 in Surrey, England by founding members and brothers Athelstan and Wulfstan. The aim was to create powerful and epic Metal tributes to their Anglo-Saxon ancestors, straight from the heart and of the highest quality. Song-writing began immediately for what was to become their debut album "Deep Into Time" and in true underground fashion it was recorded in August 1998 at their home-studio "The Croft" and released in March 1999 by their own label Angelisc Enterprises. The album was well-received by the underground Metal press and by this time album number 2 was already beginning to take shape.

    It wasn't until a year later though that "The Fighting Man" was recorded, between the months of May and August in 2000. Thanks to an improvement of the equipment at "The Croft" the sound this time around was much improved and the already evident originality of the duo's music was taken to new levels. The album was released in October 2000, again by Angelisc, and once more the reaction from magazines was very positive.

    Also during 2000 a limited edition album "Legends Untold" was released by Germany's Millennium Metal Music label. It featured 5 demo recordings, including the never-before-heard "The Fyrdmen Cometh", "The Paths of Yesterdays" and "These Lands". The "Deep Into Time" recording of "These Lands" (left of the final master) and a synth rendition of Ancient Voice (from "Deep Into Time") completed the tracklisting.

    Athelstan and Wulfstan next entered the studio in September 2001 to record their 3rd and latest album "Engla Tocyme" (The Coming of the English). Work was completed in November and after a small delay Angelisc released the album in March 2002 along with a re-issue of "Deep Into Time" featuring brand new artwork and bonus-track "These Lands". "Engla Tocyme" sees Forefather's unique style brought ever more to the forefront with all the power and passion one has come to expect. Songs such as "Into The Forever" and "Fifeldor" have once again attracted Forefather the praise and acclaim they deserve.


    As you read this the 4th album is in the works and promises to blow the socks off of anyone who doubts the power of Anglo-Saxon Metal!

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    I will absolutely download this in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by folkish
    I will absolutely download this in the morning.
    It's worth it for a listen! Their clean vocals make a nice change, and it surprisingly works.

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    awesome band! The lyrics make me proud!

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    Ah, yes!
    Forefather is indeed great! Engla Tocyme is an great cd!

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    I am very impressed with this band its refreshing indeed.

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    Very interesting.
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    Great band and great lyrics!

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    One of my favourite bands

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    Indeed, I own all of their releases: Deep Into Time (CD & LP / 1999 & 2005), Legends Untold (ltd. / 2000), The Fighting Man (2000), Engla Tocyme (2002), Deep Into Time (2004). I also have their "The Shield Wall" shirt, which looks great IMO

    They are Heathens in their belief, and also ideologically sound as far as I can tell. (Hey, they agreed to contribute to an "Anti Live 8 Sampler" ) Their music, finally is amongst the best around...what are you's waiting for, get your hands on a Forefather record as long as you can!
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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